Review Summary: Blitzkrieg punk band continues to soften their sound.
Bob Mould: vocals, guitar
Grant Hart: vocals, drums
Greg Norton: bass
Flip Your Wig stands as Husker Du's last album before jumping to Warner Brothers, and serves as a good transition between the faster, louder New Day Rising and the poppy Candy Apple Grey. In essence, it's a combination of the two. The band (specifically Mould and Hart) produced the album by themselves, and the difference between earlier records is noticeable. It's cleaner, poppier, and tamer. Otherwise, there's not much difference between this and every record before it.
Flip Your Wig starts out with the title track, two and a half minutes of furious guitar noise, rumbling bass, and tumbling drums. Nice guitar solo too. Following it is "Every Everything", a Hart-led song that clocks in at little over two minutes. Basically filler.
The third track, "Makes No Sense At All", stands as one of Mould's finest songs, fusing a hazy guitar riff to a pop melody. Mould also proves himself as a good singer. Following it is "Hate Paper Doll", another example of pop melody with hazy guitar riffs.
The next song "Green Eyes" stands as one of Grant Hart's best songs of all time, with Grant singing about the love of his life, who has green eyes. Bob Mould shines on this track, especially with the opening. The next track is another Mould number, "Divide and Conquer"
, with another furious riff and Mould shouting about uniting the world. The follow up "Games" is another pleasing filler track.
"Find Me", the next song, follows in the same vein of "Games", as another pleasing filler track with similar guitar noise. The next song, if you can call it that, is the "Baby Song", and is the most annoying thing you will ever hear on this, or any Husker Du record. It's 48 seconds of toy piano, what sounds like whistling, and a creepy sounding guy saying "It's The Baby Song"
The next two songs, "Flexible Flyer" and "Private Plane" are two more pleasing filler tracks. "Flexible Flyer" features some nice Grant Hart vocals. The next song "Keep Hanging On", is a Grant Hart track that sounds like some last desperate gasp for help. Grant screams and moans throughout the track, which appears to be a love song.
The last two tracks, "The Wit and The Wisdom" and "Don't Know Yet", are instrumentals, and are complete opposites. "Wit" is a louder, more distorted number while "Don't Know Yet" is mellower, with a interesting drum loop(?)
Overall, this is an enjoyable album. It would have a higher rating only if it had the following things:
-No Baby Songs